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Coroner Releases Names Of 2 Dead In Lakeland Village DUI Crash

William Messermore, 40, was behind the wheel of a charcoal Toyota pickup truck when he collided head on into a white Plymouth Neon driven by 25-year-old Mathew Camilli.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the two men who died in Tuesday night’s head-on crash in Lakeland Village.

William Messermore, 40, was behind the wheel of a charcoal Toyota pickup truck when he collided head on into a white Plymouth Neon driven by 25-year-old Mathew Camilli.

Both Lake Elsinore men were pronounced dead at the scene moments after impact.

The crash was reported a 5:51 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Adelfa in Lakeland.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Keene who was at the scene, before the crash witnesses reported seeing a man -- later identified as Messermore -- and his passenger at a nearby thrift store. The men were looking for a microwave oven to purchase, and they were staggering, their speech was slurred, and they had Budweiser beers in their hands, the officer confirmed.

The men then got in the truck, headed southbound on Grand Avenue traveling in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed, Keene said. Camilli was stopped in the Neon in the turn lane facing northbound when the truck smashed into him at 70 to 80 mph, Keene said.

Messermore was not wearing a safety belt; Camilli was restrained, Keene said.

Messermore’s passenger sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center with moderate injuries; he was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, Keene said.

No other injuries were reported.

Grand Avenue was shut down for several hours in both directions as a result of the crash.

California Girl February 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM
There is actually a thrift store on Grand, it is on side by the lake it is a small one, when you drive by your always see baby stuff sitting outside! But still it is called being a responsible citizen to this community and stop someone from driving drunk!! It is common sense!!!!
Kamil February 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM
One Voice, you are either not from the area, or you're not too intelligent. There is one right across the street from the fire station. 17498 Grand Ave Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
big aunt harry mary February 04, 2013 at 09:50 PM
the store owner can not be blamed in any fashion. its not his job to be the police even tho he tried to do something.. 100% of the blame here is on the truck driver. drunk, speeding and passing in the center divider... i have CLOSE FRIENDS who were right there at the point of impact.. they too were passed by this idiot on grand not 10 seconds before the crash. they tried to help but, there wasnt much they could do.. while listening to the passenger of the truck screaming and wanting fight with the people on scene.. drunk as well... its an everyday occurrence on grand. one car going 30 mph and 20 more cars being held up by an inconsiderate driver who likely doesnt use the mirror to see what kind of mess their making behind them.. then we have all these cars wanting to pass the traffic jammer.. this was a case of "im drunk and ill do what i want" .. going 70-80 mph , no one would be going fast enough for this clown. only a few will get stupid enough to pass actually do it knowing its illegal. its too bad one lone youngster had to be in the way of this drunken idiot...
jennifer camilli February 04, 2013 at 11:57 PM
if anyone would like to help our family you can go to this site and donate. It's through my facebook so you know this is real. all our family members appreciate all your prayers. thank you...http://www.gofundme.com/1zd3y0
jennifer camilli February 04, 2013 at 11:58 PM
http://www.gofundme.com/1zd3y0 thats the site. sorry i posted that wrong

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